March 16, 2020 - Dear Parents & Guardians,
We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation. The landscape continues to rapidly evolve, and information will be shared when it becomes available and as decisions are made . We know you have many questions, and we ask that you give us time to provide you with an accurate and considered response.
How can I support my child in this stressful time? - Alberta Health Services caregiver considerations around COVID-19 with it comes to mental health, talking to children about the pandemic, the importance of routines and good health practices.
Pick Up of Personal Items
The most common question we are getting from families is related to personal item retrieval from schools. Those logistics need to be determined and your child’s school will email parents/guardians directly. Each school will need to arrange a schedule to support social distancing and limit the number of people in the school at one time as required. There will be a plan revealed for some sort of staggered entry to collect personal items. If you have important medications (e.g. epi pens, prescription medications, etc.) at the school that require immediate pick-up, please feel free to contact the school directly and arrange an appropriate time to pick up these items.
Many of you are asking if your classroom teacher will be providing ‘homework’ for your child to be working on while they remain home. As much as possible, Parkland School Division’s plans will be to facilitate this support. Exactly how this will be conducted will be school-specific and even classroom-specific. This will take some time to plan and facilitate so parents should not expect work to be coming home until after the scheduled Spring Break March 23 - 27. More information will be shared via email at a later date.
At this point, no decision has been made on how fees collected for the 2019-2020 year will be addressed. We are working with the Ministry of Education and other school divisions to determine how to deal with potential refunds, etc.
There are still many questions that remain unanswered and we will endeavour to share with you as much information as possible, as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please keep checking our website for more information.
For further reading, families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Parkland School Division's Administrative Procedures that deal specifically with communicable diseases and pandemic response.
Superintendent of Schools
Parkland School Division
As of 4:35pm March 31st - there were 871 cases identified in our province.